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Israel approves over 700 settlement housing units in Jerusalem

May 14, 2019 3:49 P.M. (Updated: May 16, 2019 12:43 P.M.)
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- The Israeli Civil Administration has approved the construction of hundreds of new housing units in two illegal Israeli settlement neighborhoods in Jerusalem, on Tuesday.

According to Hebrew-language news outlets, the Israeli Civil Administration approved the construction of 706 units, including commercial buildings, in the Giafat Mishfat Israeli neighborhood.

Another 235 units were approved to be built in al-Nabi Yacoub neighborhood, north of Jerusalem City, in addition to four large residential buildings, each one made up of 13-15 floors.

According to settlement watchdog Peace Now, in the two years since President Trump took office some 14,454 units in the West Bank has been approved, which is more than three times the amount that was approved in the year and half before his inauguration (4,476 units).

Since the occupation of the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, in 1967, between 500,000 and 600,000 Israelis have moved into Israeli settlements in occupied Palestinian territory, in violation of international law.

The estimated 196 government recognized Israeli settlements scattered across the Palestinian territory are all considered illegal under international law.

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